Insect or Animal Bites, Scratches or Stings

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Content updated on Sep 6, 2022

About the symptom

It refers to any bites or stings by insects and bites or scratches by animals, which can cause red, swollen lump or wound to develop on the skin.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Swelling of the affected area

  • Dysphagia

  • Fever

  • Difficulty breathing / breathlessness

  • Fainting with loss of consciousness

  • Disorder of consciousness

  • Muscle weakness in the limbs

  • Seizure attack

Possible causes

  • Caterpillar dermatitis

    Irritation and inflammation of the skin from "hairy" insects. Possible culprit insects include caterpillars, moths and butterflies.

  • Insect bite

    Irritation and inflammation of the skin, caused by mosquito bites, bee stings, and other insects.

  • Rabies

    Rabies is a fatal viral disease. It can spread to people and animals if they are bitten or scratched by a rabid animal. Rabies is mostly found in wild animals like stray dogs, bats, raccoons, skunks, and foxes. The rabies virus travels through nerve cells to the brain, where it multiplies rapidly, causing severe inflammation of the brain and spinal cord, often resulting in death.

  • Splenic abscess

  • Savage disease

  • Spinal cord infarction

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Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Have you been bitten, scratched, stung by bugs (ex. bees) or animals (ex. dogs, cats, wild animals)

  • Were you get bitten or stung by an insect?

  • Have you been bitten or scratched by an animal?

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Is the affected area swollen?

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Sanshiro Kato, MD (Emergency department)

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